Archive for ‘word of the week’

January 24, 2011

Word of the week

brobdignagian
(brob-dig-nag’-ee-un) adj. (often capitalized) of colossal proportions or extraordinary height; gigantic. n. a giant. [From Brobdignag, a country of giants, in the book Gulliver’s Travels.]
Work cited:
http://www.wunderland.com/WTS/Alison/lexophilia/coolwords/index.html. Retrieved Jan 23rd 2011.
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January 13, 2011

Word of the week

pettifogging: adjective. Over-concerned with unimportant detail.

Work cited:

Collins Mini Dictionary and Thesaurus. HarperCollins Publishers. Glasgow, Great Britain. 2007.

January 2, 2011

Word of the week

Abderian: Given to incessant or idiotic laughter.

Work cited:

http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithenbank/unuwords.htm. Retrieved Jan 1st 2011.

December 25, 2010

Word of the week

Soporific: 1. a) causing or tending to cause sleep b) tending to dull awareness or alertness 2. Of, relating to, or marked by sleepiness or lethargy.

Work cited

Websters New Collegiate Dictionary. G&C Merriam Co. Springfield, Mass. 1977.